Why use books?

  • Obtain in-depth information on a topic. May contain original research or may be an overview or synthesis
  • Understand the different viewpoints of an issue
  • Discover the history behind an event
  • Be aware that books can be lengthy and take a longer time to be published
  • Note that a book may be a collection of chapters or articles written by different authors

To help you decide whether the book is relevant to your research look through the table of contents and scan the index. You will also need to determine if the book is an academic or a popular work.

  • Is the author an expert in his field and what are his credentials?
  • Is the publisher a university press or a general publishing company?
  • Does the author include footnotes, list of references, appendices?

How to find a book in digital format.

  • Ebook Central  Allows you to search the full text of over 60,000 electronic books. You can create your own bookshelf, take notes and highlight text.
  • desLibris   eBooks from scholarly and independent Canadian publishers as well as publications from over 100 think tanks and public policy groups in Canada.

How to find a book in print format

Library Catalogue  Allows you to locate all the material contained in the library collection. 

For more help on searching by subject take a look at the subject headings page.

Tip: Learn how to read the call number to locate your book. Note that the books in the library are grouped by subject. Take the time to look at the books shelved near the one you had selected.